Johnston Community College recognized founding president John Tart for his leadership and love of photography.
Tart died earlier this year, and his family donated the collection of photographs he took during his 29 years as president.
The 11 photo albums showcase milestones at JCC during his tenure, including the opening of the Cleveland community campus, various dignitary visits to campus, trustee members and staff at work, the construction of facilities at Howell Woods Environmental Learning Center.
The college formally accepted the photographs during a reception. Family members, friends, former employees who worked with Tart and current JCC staff attended the event, which featured the showing of an interview with Tart filmed by JCC students shortly before he died. On display were select framed photos, canvases and a slide show that told the story of Tart’s life at JCC
During the ceremony, which was held on Tart’s birthday, his son, John Tart II, thanked the college for honoring his father. “Daddy really loved this school,” he said. “Other than his family, education was the most important thing in his life.”
Louise Wall, Tart’s business manager while president, also spoke about Tart’s fondness for JCC. “He loved this college, and he had a passion for educating young and old alike,” she said. “He wanted everyone to get ahead, and he had a big heart.”
The photos will be permanently archived in the JCC library.